- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Regulations meant to prevent opioid overdoses are taking effect in Rhode Island.

The state Department of Health says the new regulations aim to reduce overdoses by imposing dosage limits on drugs used to treat acute pain. They also call for more education and training for prescribers of pain medications.

The new regulations were developed by a task force convened by Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo. That group is working to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Rhode Island by one-third within three years.

Nicole Alexander-Scott, head of the state health department, says the updated pain management regulations are meant to assure healthcare providers are only prescribing what’s needed to treat acute pain. The updates aren’t meant to alter treatment for patients with chronic pain, including those with cancer.

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